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Guns Akimbo is cool. Rifles and shotguns are cool. What could be better than combining them, in the form of handguns that can connect together to form a rifle or shotgun? You can combine your favorite gun tropes together without having to deal with the logistics of a character carrying both types of weapons separately. This also lets a character cover multiple tactical options with much fewer weapons, like handguns for a traditional shootout that can combine into a sniper rifle for long-range engagements.
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Sure, Fridge Logic would have you know that Guns Do Not Work That Way: just think of all the firing mechanisms of the forward gun that would somehow have to get out of the way for a bullet fired from the back gun to travel down the barrels of both at once, not to mention the pressure of the firing would likely erupt from where the two barrels connect, which would almost certainly damage the weapon. But, it definitely qualifies for Rule of Cool so these problems may not be a concern.

Compare Bifurcated Weapon, Gun Accessories, IKEA Weaponry and Swiss Army Gun. Can be justified if the guns in question are Energy Weapons or Magnetic Weapons.


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  • Season 4 of Blake's 7 has a rifle that could be broken down into a large handgun. This was originally to be the standard weapon of the (anti)heroes, but they used the Scorpio clipguns instead. The rifle version can be seen in "Warlord" and the handgun version is used in the final episode by Avon to shoot Blake.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. gun, or U.N.C.L.E Special. In it's handgun form it resembled a snubnosed Walther P-38, but could be modified into a carbine with barrel extension, pistol scope, an extended magazine and a collapsible shoulder stock.
  • In Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger / Power Rangers S.P.D., the Red Ranger's unique handguns can combine into a single blaster.

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  • The Arkham Knight in Batman: Arkham Knight has two handguns that connect into a sniper rifle, which he uses to shoot Batman from longer ranges. It also serves as this page's trope page.
  • In Call Of Duty Infinite Warfare, the Type-2 assault rifle can be split into dual-wielded machine pistols.
  • In Devil May Cry 5, the game features both Lady's original Kalina Ann rocket launcher from DMC3 (which has to be found in the game world) as well as a replica dubbed Kalina Ann II which Nico loans to Dante partway through the story. Obtaining both lets Dante purchase a Gunslinger style move that allows him to combine the two guns end-to-end and fire a large energy beam.
  • Rufus in Final Fantasy VII Remake swaps out the Sawed-Off Shotgun from the original game for a rifle that can split into two semi-automatic Hand Cannons.
  • Sazh in Final Fantasy XIII can combine his handguns into a rifle in several of his attacks.
  • Xigbar in Kingdom Hearts wields Arrowguns that can connect into a rifle. He avoids the Fridge Logic of how this sort of weapon would work thanks to his Arrowguns using magic projectiles launched from the tips; combining them into a rifle just lets him do a Charged Attack.
  • Splatoon 2 introduces a pair of guns called the Dualie Squelchers, which are actually the Dual Squelcher from the first Splatoon split into two halves. After a player performs a dodge roll with them, the two guns will be held together in a way that effectively converts them into a single Dual Squelcher.
  • Super Robot Wars Judgment has the Belzelute's Orgone Rifle: Mode A, where it combines its pistols with its rifle to form a bow-like Wave-Motion Tuning Fork.

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